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946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (2016)

  • Venue: Quarry Theatre
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  • Age Guidance: 7+
  • Other: Post Show Discussion Wed 2 Nov
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More Information on 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips (2016)

Imagine being told to leave your home…
Imagine American soldiers occupying your house and land…
Imagine being 12 and angry, with only a cat to tell your secrets to…

Well it all happened (most of it anyway) in Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944. Based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, 946: The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings.

With their signature sorcery, Kneehigh uses music, puppetry and foolishness to tell this tale of war, prejudice and love. Tender, political and surprisingly romantic, this story finally reveals the secrets the US and British governments tried to keep quiet.

BSL Interpreted Performance Information

Cast & Credits

Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice /

Kneehigh in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre


“ With the author’s help, Kneehigh has adapted Michael Morpurgo’s book The Amazing Story of Adolphus Tips for its enthralling new production about the “forgotten” tragedy of 946 American servicemen killed during rehearsals for D-Day at Slapton Sands, Devon, in 1944.”

- The Stage

“ A winningly rumbustious family show”

- The Independent

“ Kneehigh toy with life’s big themes in ways that everyone can relate to. But for those with an interest, the performances are underpinned by big ideas and robust intellectual references”

- The Times

“ A gripping, moving portrait of a community under siege”

- The Stage

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Captioned Performance

Open captioning allows theatre goers with varying degrees of hearing to view the full text as it is spoken or sung, including sound effects and off stage noises. These appear on a scrolling screen, positioned on or at the side of the stage.

British Sign Language Interpreted

A signed performance is the usual full production using either the creative use of sign integrated into the performance or a British Sign Language Interpreter on stage interpreting the show for D/deaf attendees.

Audio Described

Audio Described performances are designed to improve the experience of visually impaired and blind attendees. As well as listening to the dialogue on stage the customer can wear a headset and listen to a live description of the action on stage.

Relaxed Performance

A relaxed performance is a specially selected show from our programme, with slight adaptations to make it suitable for an audience of young people or adults with learning disabilities. This may include extra lighting, additional wheelchair spaces and the freedom to move to alternative seating if required.

Dementia-Friendly Performance

Dementia friendly performances are for all audiences. The theatre experience is enhanced for people living with dementia and their supporters, with adaptations to front of house service, the show and pre-show information packs. Additional dementia-aware staff, quiet spaces, clear signage and visual markers, sound and lighting adjustments and flexible seating options all help to create a supportive, shared experience.

Sing Along

Singalong with the cast in this exclusive performance. Join in as loud as you like, fancy dress is optional but highly recommended.

Post Show Discussion

Parent & Baby Performance

A Parent and Baby performance enables parents to attend the theatre with their baby (under 12 months). We make small adaptations to the lighting and sound effects, including keeping the auditorium lights slightly raised. The seating is unallocated and there is a relaxed attitude to noise.

Booking Fees:

*A transaction fee of £1.95 will be applied to all phone and internet bookings.


  • Captioned - Captioned
  • Signed - Signed
  • Audio Description - Audio Description
  • Relaxed Performance - Relaxed Performance
  • Dementia Friendly Performance - Dementia Friendly Performance
  • Post Show Discussion - Post Show Discussion
  • Sing Along - Sing Along
  • Parent & Baby Performance - Parent & Baby Performance
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